Pukka: The Pup After Merle, by Ted Kerasote.
When we get back to our house, I like to lie by Merle's aspen tree, where he spent his last days, and when Ted sees me there he gets a faraway look in his eye. - from Pukka: The Pup After Merle -
Ted Kerasote's name is linked indelibly to his yellow lab Merle -- a dog who touched his heart and became the subject of Kerasote's best selling book Merle's Door. When Merle died, Kerasote received thousands of emails asking if he was going to get another dog. Fans need not ask the question any longer. Pukka, a yellow lab whose face reminded the author of Merle, has found his forever home with Kerasote.
Narrated in the wise and charming voice of Pukka, Kerasote's latest book is heartwarming, yet also bittersweet. The reader cannot help but feel the loss of Merle between the pages despite the obvious love for Pukka. Our hearts are always big enough to hold another canine partner, but we never forget those who came before.
Perhaps the best part of this sweet book are the more than two hundred photos which include Pukka as a young pup, as well as stunning images of the Tetons and other natural environments where Pukka gets lessons in swimming, canoeing and hiking to the tops of mountain peaks.
This wonderful book is perfect for readers of all ages and would make a wonderful book for children who have lost a dog and are getting a new puppy. The gorgeous photography also makes it a great gift for dog lovers (especially those who love labs!).
Readers who have had the joy of experiencing life with a dog will undoubtedly see themselves and their canine friends between the pages of Kerasote's book. Pukka: The Pup After Merle is highly recommended as a quick, enjoyable read for adults and children alike.
Five stars out of five.
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